Saturday, February 6, 2016

Movie review: World of Tomorrow

Answering a video phone, a little girl is connected with her own clone calling from 227 years into the future. The clone then leads her on a strange tour of her future, and the clone's past, in this short animation.

Winona Mae (Emily Prime), Julia Pott (Emily), Sara Cushman (Simon voice)

World of Tomorrow is a digital creation from Don Hertzfeldt that in 16 minutes highlights the contrast between innocence and knowledge using an existential theme. Young Emily answers a video phone and is connected to her own clone calling from 227 years in the future. The clone, using time-travel, brings Emily into a voyage of her memories and the future. Along the way we enjoy a heavy dose of dark, sarcastic humor and a bleak look at how the future could potentially unfold.

I can't really speak to acting as there wasn't any actual acting in World of Tomorrow. In case you missed it, this is a digital animation film. Dialogue however was enjoyable and entertaining.

Digital animation was good however because the film was created with a simplistic theme it is easily mistaken as rudimentary or even childish. It helps to remember the animation is only a small part of the story with dialogue being the main focus. Sound and soundtrack were both clear, simple, and nicely done.

World of Tomorrow isn't so much a movie as it is a dark comedy with deeper undertones. Though not exactly entertaining in the sense of a traditional film, it is thought provoking and elicits a few nervous chuckles along the way.

Those looking for something unusual, artistic, or who enjoy dark sarcasm should enjoy this 16 minutes of strange animation.

Nothing here to limit audience age.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 1.20.16
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Animation, Short, Comedy, Dark Comedy, Time Travel

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